Although chemotherapy can increase the likelihood of later development of another form of cancer, the American Cancer Society maintains that the need for chemotherapeutic bone-cancer treatment is much greater than the potential risk.
Immune systems may be weakened because of cancer chemotherapy, medications given after organ transplantation, or diseases that significantly lower immune resistance like acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Targeted molecular therapy, although as of 2004 still the subject of concentrated research, was being used effectively in pediatric study subjects where it has been shown to reduce the toxicity seen with conventional chemotherapy.
When undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy or radiation, it is important to use specially formulated creams and lotions to protect and heal the skin, and Lindi cancer skin care products are some of the best.
Husband and doctor Michael Brinkenhoff, after seeing the devastating results that his wife Gail underwent during chemotherapy, wanted to develop a product to help give her back her once long and lovely lashes.
The oncologist is a physician who specializes in cancer care and usually coordinates the treatment plan, directing chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and any treatment that does not involve radiation or surgery.
Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that satin pillowcases are actually recommended by the American Cancer Society for patients undergoing chemotherapy since the treatment causes hair loss and dry skin.
The course of infection tends to be more serious in children who are immunocompromised, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or those who have a disease that disrupts normal immune response (e.g. human immunodeficiency syndrome [HIV]).
And today's primary method for treating cancer is, in a way, very tenth century: Essentially, chemotherapy is a medical way of saying, Let's fill you so full of poison either you or the cancer dies.
Dialysis came a few years later, then chemotherapy, then the defibrillator, then the polio vaccine; then came cloning, then a kidney transplant.